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Learning, Cascades, and Transaction Costs

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  • Maria Grazia Romano

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The paper analyzes the effect of transaction costs on social learning in an asset market with asymmetric information, sequential trading, and a competitive price mechanism. Both fixed and proportional transaction costs reduce the information content of trading orders and lead to informational cascades. If transaction costs are very high, an informational cascade may occur not only when beliefs converge on a specific asset value but also when there is extreme uncertainty about the asset's fundamental value. Finally, if the value in the bad state is sufficiently low, proportional transaction costs lead to an informational cascade only when prices are very high. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by European Finance Association in its journal Review of Finance.

Volume (Year): 11 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 527-560

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Handle: RePEc:oup:revfin:v:11:y:2007:i:3:p:527-560

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Cited by:
  1. Christophe Chamley, 2005. "Complementarities in Information Acquisition with Short-Term Trades," Boston University - Department of Economics - The Institute for Economic Development Working Papers Series dp-156, Boston University - Department of Economics.
  2. Christophe Chamley, 2005. "Complementarities in Information Acquisition with Short-Term Trades," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2005-027, Boston University - Department of Economics.
  3. Arina Nikandrova, 2014. "Informational and Allocative Efficiency in Financial Markets with Costly Information," Birkbeck Working Papers in Economics and Finance 1403, Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics.
  4. Hirshleifer, David & Teoh, Siew Hong, 2008. "Thought and Behavior Contagion in Capital Markets," MPRA Paper 9164, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Cipriani, Marco & Guarino, Antonio, 2008. "Transaction costs and informational cascades in financial markets," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 68(3-4), pages 581-592, December.
  6. Gavriilidis, Konstantinos & Kallinterakis, Vasileios & Ferreira, Mario Pedro Leite, 2013. "Institutional industry herding: Intentional or spurious?," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 192-214.

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